mo·​dal·​i·​ty | \ mō-ˈda-lə-tē How to pronounce modality (audio) \
plural modalities

Definition of modality

1a : the quality or state of being modal
b : a modal quality or attribute : form
2 : the classification of logical propositions (see proposition sense 1) according to their asserting or denying the possibility, impossibility, contingency, or necessity of their content
3 : one of the main avenues of sensation (such as vision)
4 : a usually physical therapeutic agency

Examples of modality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One modality of immune suppression deployed by SARS-CoV-2 is selective degradation. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2022 These findings make aqua jogging an important recovery modality in addition to be an optimal cross-training method. Jeff Gaudette, Outside Online, 12 Oct. 2012 Ineluctable modality of the visible: at least that if no more, thought through my eyes. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, 7 Feb. 2022 So, why has yoga — a modality associated with peace and tranquility — grown to be almost ubiquitous in a sport known for its roughness? Dana Santas, CNN, 13 Feb. 2022 However, pervasive myths about teletherapy can prevent people from taking advantage of this convenient and effective modality. Adnan Asar, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 Though efficacy will vary depending on the patient, modality used, and body part treated, one benefit of RF that Dr. Kappel notes is collagen banking, or preemptively mitigating the natural decline in collagen production that occurs with age. Jessica Ourisman, Allure, 28 Jan. 2022 Toni would constantly assert herself in the very modality that Black women sometimes ran away from. Hanna Phifer, Harper's BAZAAR, 14 Jan. 2022 The dialysis industry has forced patients into a modality that benefits the treater, not the treated. Leslie Trigg, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of modality

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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3 May 2022

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“Modality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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mo·​dal·​i·​ty | \ mō-ˈdal-ət-ē How to pronounce modality (audio) \
plural modalities

Medical Definition of modality

1 : one of the main avenues of sensation (as vision)
2a : a usually physical therapeutic agency
b : an apparatus for applying a modality

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